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Statement by Mayor Nancy Peckford for Paramedics Service Week

May 27, 2020

NORTH GRENVILLE - Mayor Nancy Peckford issued the following statement in honour of Paramedics Service Week, May 24 – 30, 2020:

“This year, more than ever, North Grenville’s Municipal Council would like to give thanks to all frontline paramedics for their service and dedication. In particular, we would like to recognize members of the Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service. 

Paramedics are often the first at the scene of an emergency, when patients are most vulnerable. The Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service is responsible for providing pre-hospital, emergency medical care to the more than 150,000 residents of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. They serve a geographic area of over 3,350 square kilometres and respond to more than 20,000 calls a year.

The Leeds Grenville Paramedic Service has six permanent stations located throughout Leeds and Grenville, including Kemptville. All six are staffed 24 hours a day and - during peak times - there are nine vehicles staffed, providing effective emergency coverage.

During a global pandemic health emergency, paramedics play an integral role on the front lines of health care. As the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada have emphasized, paramedics are often an early point of contact in the public arena. By virtue of their roles, they are ‘running toward’ the risks associated with a pandemic response when they arrive.

This week highlights the integral role of paramedic professionals on the front lines. Please join me and my Council colleagues this week, as we recognize the hard work paramedics do to keep our community safe and healthy.”  

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